Gabriel Clarke was certainly not the catalyst for renewed White House and State House efforts on gun control. But the measure of success for new laws is how many fewer Clarkes end up in hospitals and morgues. As the 13-year-old continues to recover in a hospital after being shot in the stomach while walking to choir practice in Roxbury two weeks ago, local ministers who have dealt with violence for years wonder if the nation really understands the task at hand.
“It strikes me as interesting that the president is reacting because 20 kids were killed in Connecticut,” said Jeffrey Brown, executive director of Boston’s Ten Point Coalition. “But Chicago has had how many kids killed?” Indeed, in the 2011-12 school year, 24 Chicago public schools students were killed and 319 were wounded.